04 December, 2017
"Today, the US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration", U.S. officials said in a report from AFP.
The UN General Assembly president expressed regrets over the decision to "disengage", saying a multilateral approach is key to addressing worldwide migration issues.
According to the US permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, "no country has done as much as the United States".
Negotiations on the GCM will be based on the New York Declaration, a document adopted by the United Nations in 2016 that commits to "strengthening global governance" and contains a number of policy goals that are inconsistent with US law and policy.
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In September of 2016, the members of the U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a non-binding declaration committed to upholding the rights of refugees that sought to enhance global coordination on migration.
The announcement of the United States withdrawal from the pact came just hours before the opening of a UN global conference on migration scheduled to begin Monday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Hayley said: "America is proud of our immigrant heritage and our longstanding moral leadership in providing support to migrant and refugee populations across the globe". These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.
The withdrawal comes days before a global conference on migration that starts Monday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The UN General Assembly president expressed regret at the USA decision, saying no one nation can manage global migration alone. Haley reportedly said the US should continue to take part in the negotiation process.